Weak winter created opportunity! Cables down!
Scout trip using cables
My first Yosemite hike. Got a permit on Sat and went there Sunday morning and dis this as a day hike from the Yosemite valley, just one week before the cable went down.
climbed it twice in a 7 day period. cables were down. used prusiks to get up. very fun/long day hike. had the summit to ourselves for about an hour until some people climbing snake dike joined us. going down was a little more unnerving than going up
I climbed it once a year for the past 12 years. So I did hike to the top of Half Dome 12 times. Usually in the beginning of November when the cables are down and the crowds are gone.
For the past 6 years, I did the Cloud's Rest - Half Dome loop.
(2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
4th time up in last 3 years. Will probably keep doing this on an annual basis, started at 9 AM and was back to the car by 5:30 - not too crowded as this was a Friday near the end of the season. Trip report is HERE.
Everybody was fast to recommend a 4 AM starting time! Really? We went there to hike, see the nature, take pictures and have fun, not to hike in the dark. Left at 8AM, back at 5:30 PM? One hour on top. Went up Mist Trail and down John Muir Trail. Lots of very slow folks on cables, blocking both cables in the same time. My hands got tired holding the cable so I went on the outside and pulled myself up in 10 minutes. Going down felt way longer than going up.
Did cables before the permit madness. Stupidly went with two triathletes (hey Matt, hey Jessica) that kicked my ass hard. We did the whole hike, round-trip, in under 4 hours.
straightforward day hike from Happy isles on a 91 degree day!
Approximate date of second time ascending, on the way back from Merced Lake on a backpacking trip. First time was a day hike back in 1992. A hike that truly captures the essence of Yosemite: superb scenery, ridiculous crowds.
Dayhike with friends up the cabled route.
05/28/14 via Snake Dikes - Climbed with my wife Natasha for our honeymoon. She got blisters and it ended up taking us almost 14 hours round trip
Standard trail with lots of people.
summitpost half dome climbers log
Bears got all our food are first night of a week long BP. So we figured climb the peak from Little Yosemite Valley, come back get our packs and head to the Valley for dinner!
Climbed via The Cables
This was my first Sierra Nevada summit and it was magnificent.
Every hiker should make this hike at least once.
It's a classic for a reason. Can't wait to go back some day!
Really fun climb up. First few pitches felt sandbagged, then easier terrain but more runout . Hiked down via cables.
Good long hike, view obscured by smoke.
Late April 2013 climbed NW Face of Half Dome with Hamik. IAD c2c. Awesome day out.
Sept 4th 2010 - Snake Dike with Shane. First time leading on a multi pitch climb. Led odds.